Store on Main Street has mane line

EQUESTRIAN

September 12, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

Carol Beall has a vision that bodes well for those of us who have horses to outfit and keep supplied with the endless goodies they seem to need.

"I want to have affordable tack for everyone in the horse community, regardless of what they ride," said Beall, proprietor of the newly opened Horse Traders Consignment Shop in Westminster. "I plan to specialize in good deals."

To illustrate her point, Beall points to the Western, English and polo saddles that have been consigned to her shop, which fronts Westminster's Main Street. Why there?

"We live right here," she said, pointing up the street. "I can see the store from my window at home. And this is a unique area. This shop belongs here."

Beall plans to have items consigned by local horse people and to carry new items, especially horse-care products.

"Right now we can offer locally made T-shirts and sweat shirts, custom-made helmet covers and wooden horse figurines," she said.

The T-shirts and sweat shirts are embroidered or appliqued. One teeny little kids shirt ($10) has an appliqued pony with a hand-braided mane. Another has an Arabian with a flowing, gossamer mane. The helmet covers ($20) come in your choice of color combinations and can be monogrammed for an additional charge.

Bridles run from $8 to $15; all of her inventory of stainless-steel bits are $10. The bits hang on a Pegboard, and Beall said that she has sold three Pegboards worth of bits since she opened Aug. 14.

"People can buy one of these bits, and if the horse doesn't like it they can bring it back and try another one," she said.

She said the prices of most things are negotiable and all fair offers will be considered.

I didn't bother making an offer for the treasure I bought. I gladly plunked down $10 for the enameled horse brass I found hanging on the wall.

You can't miss Horse Traders Consignment Shop. It's at 38 W. Main St. in Westminster, and you'll recognize it by the window that is filled with hay, saddles, riding clothes, boots, whips and a beautiful pair of brass military dress spurs ($50).

Storm cancels MMHPA show

The storm that passed through Carroll and Howard counties last weekend caused cancellation of the Sept. 4 Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Show at the Howard Fairgrounds.

As of late last week, MMHPA organizers did not think the show will be rescheduled. The two remaining MMHPA shows this year will be Oct. 3 and Oct. 24.

Miniature horses for sale

Do you like horses, but don't think a full-size version is for you?

Check out the Chesapeake Miniature Horse Consignment Sale on Oct. 2 at Valhalla Farm in Finksburg. There will be a tack sale at 1 p.m., refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. and the sale will take place at 3 p.m.

A drawing for a miniature horse will take place at the end of the sale. You must be present to win.

All horses in the sale will be registered with the American Miniature Horse Association and will be 34 inches high or less at the withers.

Call Kathy Conahan at (410) 857-6464 or Robin Stallings at (410) 820-6464.

Deadline for poker ride

This Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for the Carroll County Equestrian Council's Poker Ride that will be next Sunday at the Union Mills equestrian area.

The $5 fee will go toward the council's new show ring. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the ride. Call (410) 833-4593 or (410) 857-2103.

The Carroll County Equestrian Council is sponsoring a Trail Work Day at Union Mills the day before the Poker Ride. If you can help, call Sonny Biddison at (410) 833-4593.

Calendar of events

Tuesday -- Deadline for Carroll County Equestrian Council Poker Ride at Union Mills. $5 fee. (410) 833-4593 or (410) 857-2103.

Saturday -- Trail Work Day. Union Mills Equestrian Area. Sponsored by the Carroll County Equestrian Council. (410) 833-4593.

Sept. 19 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council Poker Ride at Union Mills. Advance registration required. (410) 833-4593.

Sept. 23 -- Westminster FallFest Parade. 7 p.m. The Carroll County Equestrian Council has a parade entry.

Oct. 2 -- Chesapeake Miniature Horse Consignment Sale. Valhalla Farm, Finksburg. (410) 857-6464 or (410) 820-6464.

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